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William Alexander HarrisRoster ID 1082
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1862|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Alexander Harris, Class of 1862: Genealogy: Born- Oct. 29, 1841 in Loudoun Co. Va. Father- William A. Harris, a journalist and Congressman born Aug. 8, 1805 in Fauquier Co. Va. Mother- Frances Murray. No information on grandparents. Married- 1st- Mary Lionberger, daughter of John Lionberger of Luray, Va.; 2nd- Corinne Mackey on Dec. 18, 1895. Children- (unknown which marriage children are from) 1- Page Harris; 2- Mrs. Frances Harris Patterson; 3- Mrs. Isabelle Harris Byrne; 4- Mrs. Elizabeth Harris Finley; 5- Craig Harris. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Jan. 16, 1860 as 3rd Classman (Sophomore); Graduated early in Dec. of 1861 as the Corps of Cadets disbanded in July, 1861 because of the Civil War. Military Record: Drill Master for VMI Corps of Cadets stationed in Richmond, Va. in spring of 1861; Appointed 2nd Lieut. Regional Army of Confederate States July 16, 1861; assigned to duty with Col. (later Brig. Gen.) W. N. Pendleton, Nov. 1861; Appointed Assistant Adjutant General on staff of Brig. Gen. (later Maj. Gen.) C. Wilcox in late Nov. 1861; made Captain Jan. 31, 1862; Resigned July 1, 1862; assigned Lieut. and Acting Ordnance Officer to Maj. Gen. (later Lt. Gen.) D.H. Hill's division; promoted to temporary Captain April 17, 1863; named Chief of Ordnance of Maj. Gen. R. E. Rodes' division; Denied transfer to Maj. H. W. Gilmor's cavalry battalion. Careers: Politician. Populist, then Democrat; Represented Kansas in US House of Reps. 1893-95 and in US Senate 1897-1903; Lost election for Governor of Kansas in 1906; said to have been the only Confederate ever elected to any office of importance in Kansas; Vice President of Denver, Laramie & Northwestern Railroad at time of death. Died- Dec. 20, 1909 in Chicago, IL; buried in Lawrence, KS.|